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Film on Tibet to receive Havel Prize at human rights festival

March 15, 2010

March 12, 2010 - www.ctk.cz

Prague - The Vaclav Havel´s Prize at this year´s One World festival of human
rights documentaries will go to The Sun Behind the Clouds, an Indian film
about Tibet occupied by China, and former Czech president Havel will present
it at the close of the festival on March 18, the organisers told CTK.

The Havel Prize is annually awarded to a documentary for exceptional
contribution to human rights protection. Last year it went to the the film
Burma VJ, focusing on anti-government demonstrations of 2007 and their
brutal suppression.

Havel, 73, was a leading dissident and human rights promoter in communist
Czechoslovakia. He became the country´s first post-communist president in
1989.

Next Thursday, Havel will present the prize to the winning film´s authors,
Tibetan director Ritu Sarin and her colleague Tanzing Sonam.

In their film they give space to the Dalai Lama and Tibetan intellectuals.
They use unique archive shots, highlight China´s occupation policy and
discuss the future of Tibet.

The film aroused political passions in the past. At last year´s festival in
Palm Springs (USA), China withdrew its two films from the programme in
protest against the screening of The Sun Behind the Clouds.

The 12th One World festival of human rights documentary films that started
in Prague on Wednesday offers 101 films from more than 30 countries in the
competition as well as non-competition specialised sections.
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